"Brimming with realistic detail about the difficulties of pursuing one’s goals and making a difference while functioning as a woman in the first half of the 20th century...Krull smoothly describes Perkins’ influences and motivations, her sensitivity to and awareness of injustice, how she overcame some of the fears and constraints she faced, her development as an advocate, and her many accomplishments...in a kid-friendly and accessible manner...an appealing, informative picture-book biography that showcases the accomplishments of a great American heroine."
– Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2019
* "Frances Perkins is credited with creating the U.S. Social Security system, so she's long overdue for some
attention....The book's presentation is appealing, the content is suitable for reading aloud, and the back matter and list of sources will be appreciated by researchers. This is a fitting tribute for an inspirational role model."
– Booklist - Starred Review, November 15, 2019
“Krull does a laudable job following Perkins from compassionate child, to champion of laborers, to industrial inspector, to advisor to the president, including plenty of quotes from Perkins that offer insight not only into her accomplishments but also into the personal struggle and strategies that allowed her to excel at early twentieth century politics on an all-boys team.”
"Weaving in quotes from Perkins, Krull crafts a deft introduction to the achievements of a remarkable woman."
– Publisher's Weekly, January 6, 2020
"This inspiring biography of a woman who paved the way for so many future leaders...is long overdue. Krull’s straightforward yet passionate narrative is packed with information, succinctly pinpointing key biographical moments and explaining complex history. Direct quotes from Perkins in stylized hand-lettered script accompany Bye’s child-friendly digital illustrations, which are as dynamic and colorful as their remarkable subject."
– Horn Book, March/April 2020
"This empowering picture book biography of the first woman in a presidential cabinet — and the mastermind behind Roosevelt's New Deal — will encourage kids to imagine how their own voices could change the world."
– A Mighty Girl's 2020 Books of the Year, December 2020